Ranked! Chelsea’s 8 worst strikers of the Premier League era
8. Alvaro Morata
A return of 24 goals in 48 starts looks eminently respectable. It compares favourably to anyone else on this list. And yet consider that six of those goals came early on, that a missed penalty on Morata’s debut helped cost Chelsea the Community Shield, that he got more cards than bookings in the second half of last season and that he lost his place to Olivier Giroud.
Now a £58 million signing has the strange distinction of being the most expensive player to be loaned out at the moment.
7. Gonzalo Higuain
Under Maurizio Sarri, Higuain has scored a joint record number of Serie A goals in a season; 36 for Napoli. Under Sarri, the Argentine has scored against two sides that won't even be in next season’s Premier League. Three of his four league goals to date have come against Huddersfield and Fulham, before he added his latest against Burnley on Monday night.
A big name looks rather too sizeable – an immobile, ineffectual presence in attack – while Eden Hazard combines far better with Giroud. Still, that record against Huddersfield and Fulham could encourage Championship clubs to sign him – if they can afford to…
6. Fernando Torres
Signed for a then-British record of £50 million and departed for nothing. Torres was loaned out to get rid of him, and his Chelsea career felt ill-fated from the start. His debut was a defeat to old team-mates at Liverpool, he failed to score in his first 13 games and never gelled with the totemic Didier Drogba. Managers from Carlo Ancelotti to Jose Mourinho struggled to accommodate him.
On the plus side, he scored in the 2013 Europa League Final, after capping Chelsea’s against-all-odds triumph in the Camp Nou with the clinching goal in that stunning Champions League semi-final.
5. Mateja Kezman
When you have a blank cheque and the remit to sign whoever you want, who do you buy? Mourinho’s answers included Kezman. In the Special One’s defence, one of his striking signings in 2004 – Drogba – became arguably Chelsea’s greatest player. Another didn’t.
Kezman had scored 78 goals in his last two seasons at PSV Eindhoven. He scored seven for Chelsea, and one of those came against Scunthorpe. At least he struck in a League Cup final win over Liverpool.
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